Former Kinder staffer paid $60,000 more than reports showed

( KTRS ) Revised campaign finance reports show a former campaign aide to Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has been paid at least $60,000 more than originally reported. Additional payments to former campaign manager Logan Thompson were among hundreds of changes made to Kinder’s campaign records. Kinder’s gubernatorial campaign say independent contractors prepared incorrect reports…

Budget meeting scheduled with Illinois leaders

( KTRS ) A spokesperson for Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office says, a follow-up meeting with legislative leaders on the state budget is slated for Tuesday afternoon in Chicago. The Governer met last week with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton for the first time in Months. The leaders have not been able…

Promises of a positive Missouri governor’s race questioned

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Candidates and party insiders say they’re hopeful the Missouri governor’s race will be positive. But tensions recently flared between two Republican candidates, and some political scientists say a four-way Republican primary makes negative campaigning likely. Truman State University political scientist Randy Hagerty says it’s likely to get nasty. Candidates say…

House OKs releasing local funding with additional money

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois House has endorsed a partial spending plan that frees up $1.9 billion for local governments, but also adds money for public safety in a compromise with Gov. Bruce Rauner. Language that releases already-collected tax money for cities and counties for road upkeep and emergency-dispatch services passed Wednesday and moves…

US Rep. Quigley: New group to address transgender rights

( KTRS ) Illinois Congressman Mike Quigley says he’s joined other Democrats in creating a task force to help ensure equal rights for transgender people. The Transgender Equality Task Force will analyze some of the challenges facing the transgender community, including violence, homelessness, housing discrimination and unemployment. Quigley says the group also will recommend legislation to address…